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Sometimes The Blues. Susan Clardy’s Cultural History of Globe, Arizona

Sometimes the Blues, the Letters and Diaries of Frank Hammon, a Lonely Frontiersman in Globe and Phoenix, 1882-1889, is much more than that. The book began when author Susan Clardy found her relatives’ letters, diaries, and photographs in her grandparents’ attic. Then Aaron and Ruth Cohen, owners of Guidon Books, introduced her to Arizona historians. From that point the book became much more comprehensive that just a collection of pioneer letters. In 1878, at age twenty-three, Frank Hammon went with his cousin Wendell to the boomtown of Globe City, established only a few years earlier. Frank became a partner in The News Depot, a tobacco, stationery, and magazine store almost in the shade of the hanging tree on Broad Street.  The cousins rented rooms in an adobe house aat Broad and Mesquite from English butcher Joseph Redman and his wife, Elizabeth. This is the kind of attention to detail you will find all through the book, a researcher’s dream and a true labor of love.   Read More »

Chamber releases Entertainment Schedule for Apache Jii: Saturday October 21st

GLOBE- The sound of drummers and the jingle of camp dresses comes to downtown Globe Saturday for the 34th annual Apache Jii festival. Arts and crafts from tribal artisans from throughout the Southwest will be available. Everything from beadwork to baskets, carvings to sand paintings, paintings to photographs will be available. A full day of entertainment, arts and crafts booths and food from sweet to savory rounds out the excitement of Apache Jii. Read More »

San Carlos Tribe prepares for future with new College

Five years ago, a man had a vision of an upwardly mobile people with their own college, respect for tradition and a strong sense of cultural identity. The tiny plant that grew from the seeds of that vision poked its head above the soil last month with the opening of the San Carlos Apache College. Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribal chairman, was the man with the vision, but he knew he would need some help, so he asked Arizona State University President Michael Crow. On Monday, Aug. 14, the college’s doors opened to its first 58 students. Read More »

Booth applications open for Oct. 21 Apache Day

Booth applications are available now at the chamber of commerce and will be available at local businesses in Peridot, San Carlos and Bylas later this week. San Carlos tribal members receive a half-price discount in booth fees, courtesy of the Apache Gold Casino sponsorship. In addition to booths, there will be a limited number of demonstration booths for various arts and crafts where in exchange for working at their craft through the day, the vendor fee will be waived. Downtown historic Globe is the location for this annual street fair and the streets will be a pageant of color and sound on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 as the 34th annual Apache Jii (Day) celebration gets under way. Read More »

Museum announces new exhibit: “Planes,Trains and Automobiles.”

GLOBE- The grand opening of the “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” photo exhibit at the Gila County Historical Museum will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 16th.   Join the museum members for a variety of fun and informative activities. In addition to the photo display and guided museum tours, car enthusiasts may enjoy a vintage car display, while others may do some “Globe Rocks” painting.  Other activities include face painting, a cartoonist, a photo booth and history talks by Rick Powers.    Homemade root beer and hot dogs will be for sale throughout the day.  Families are encouraged to attend this child-friendly event.  The museum and picnic grounds are located at 1330 North Broad Street in Globe.  The Museum Board would like to thank McSpadden Ford for graciously sponsoring this exhibit.  Gila County Historical Museum is a participant of the United Fund Globe-Miami.  Read More »

Photographer Elizabeth Eaton to host showing at Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

GLOBE- Work by local Photograph, Elizabeth Eaton, will be showcased at the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts this October.   An Open House is scheduled for October 6th, Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p,m,   Eaton invites everyone to the open house where there will be wine, cheese & crackers.   Eaton, who has lived in the community for 30 years retired from teaching seven years ago and has since “jumped head first” into photographing the rich diversity of the area. Eizabeth says she “fell in love with the beautiful, rich desert and wonderful people who reside here” and spends most days driving around and checking out the community and taking photos.  Read More »

Getting Kids Outside at Tonto National Monument

by Hilary Clark “Being outside allows children to be imaginative, spontaneous, and carefree, and allows them to gather their thoughts. It’s also a lot of fun!” Those are the enthusiastic words of Jennifer Smith, a National Park Service educator at the Tonto National Monument in Roosevelt. ‘Ranger Jen’ as she is affectionately known helps kids of all ages explore the Tonto National Monument and learn about the outdoors and prehistoric culture. Through the Every Kid in a Park program, fourth-graders and their families get a free pass valid for more than 400 national parks across the country. A National Park Foundation grant helps with transportation—paying for buses to get more than 200 elementary-school students from Payson, Globe, Miami, Pine and Tonto Basin to the monument. In all, Smith’s programs have reached more than a thousand young people this year, from pre-K to 12th grade As Smith leads students on hikes up to the Lower Cliff Dwelling she teaches them about desert plants and animals and the Salado people who built the dwellings. Although the hike is only a one mile round trip, it ascends more than 300 feet in elevation, giving everyone a good workout.  Once at the dwelling, students ... Read More »

Walking Through History at Tonto National Monument

By Christa Sadler: Tonto National Monument    Imagine a place where history from every era surrounds you. At the Salado Cliff Dwellings at Tonto National Monument, stories and relics from thousands of years of Sonoran Desert life are to be found right at your feet, wherever you tread. Since the construction of these iconic cliff dwellings approximately 700 years ago, they have served as a home, a community of growing and evolving culture, and eventually an alluring spectacle for tourists exploring the “Wild West.” Read More »

Tonto National Monument Closed on Monday, July 10, 2017 Due to Power Outage

Roosevelt, AZ- The Salt River Project will be working on updating critical powerline infrastructure near Tonto National Monument on July 10 th . Because of the power outage and impacts to visitor safety, Tonto National Monument will be closed all day Monday. Also, on Tuesday, July 11 th and Wednesday, July 12 th the museum will be partially closed due to curators working on needed artifact conservation. Thank you for your patience and please look forward to some additions to the exhibits coming soon. Read More »

Superior Chamber to host 6th Annual Prickly Pear Festival August 19th

SUPERIOR- This year’s Prickly Pear Festival is billed as a “Celebration of our Incredible Edible Desert” This annual event originated from our friends at Boyce Thompson Arboretum- A World Class Botanical Garden!  What started out as a series of classes demonstrating the many uses of the Prickly Pear fruit blossomed into an annual event that showcases Food Education, Natural Medicines, Urban Gardening, Homeopathic, Sustainability and an overall healthy lifestyle! All the while with the beloved Prickly Pear as its mascot! Read More »